The Ranch Life

Madeley Ranch News - September 14, 2020

Madeley Ranch Elementary

Shelby Smith, Principal
Jennifer Williamson, Assistant Principal

Renee Sorrell, Counselor

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What's Happening at The Ranch?

September 15

School Pictures (Individual) (info below)

1st 9 Weeks Progress Reports Go Home

September 17

Third Thursday (Wear your college gear!)

September 18

Hats Off To Fridays Kicks Off (see more below)

October 8

End of 1st 9 Weeks

October 9

Student Holiday

October 12

School Holiday

October 13

Start of 2nd 9 Weeks

October 27

Fall Picture Retakes & Remote Learner Fall Pictures

Mustang Manager

Each student K-5 has a Mustang Manager folder with a daily communication card in the back where teachers can communicate with parents daily. We ask that you review it each day, and sign at the end of each week. Grade levels have labeled other pockets in the folder as they see fit. Schoolwide info will continue to be sent home on Tuesdays, and will be in this folder as well. Any notes that you need to send to the teacher, transportation notes, etc. should also be sent back in these folders.

This week, you will receive your student's 1st 9 Weeks Progress Report, our Compulsory Attendance Notice and an additional TEA COVID Notice with updated information from TEA.

Medication Update From Nurse Backhus

Update On Medicine

Any medications used to treat symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat and body aches will not be administered without a current healthcare provider's note.

This would include:

  • metered dose inhalers,
  • cough medicine
  • cold medicine
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • At this time, nebulized medications will not be administered during the school day (this is a change from last year.)

Medicine Drop Off

Should you need to drop off other necessary medication, please bring up to the school between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00. We ask that you wear a mask and sign in, in the front office and we'll direct you from there. All medication must be in the original container and cannot be expired. Prescription medication must contain:

  • student name
  • name of medicine
  • directions
  • expiration date

All of the above must be visible on the label. A physician's signature must be obtained on a Medication Authorization form before a nurse can give any controlled substance. The form is attached below.

Please click HERE for Nurse Backhus' website and other important information.

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2020 Yearbooks

If you ordered a yearbook last year that you haven't yet picked up, they are being sent home with your student today. We have some extras, so if you'd like to purchase one, please email and she'll coordinate payment and delivery the week of September 21. Yearbooks are $40 and payable by cash.

PTO Update

MRE is lucky to have such an incredible PTO that supports the needs of our school, staff and students in every way possible! As we've just now welcomed students back face to face and our focus has been getting that rolling, our first PTO meeting for the year will be next month. At this time, the meetings be held via Zoom, but we are hoping for some face to face meetings down the road. We'll have updates from officers and committees on August/September happenings and discuss budget, proposed purchases and PTO business, as well as what is ahead for PTO this year. It may look different, but we are excited to grow this organization and plan for our staff and students.

Due to resignation, we have a vacancy on our PTO board. If you are interested in supporting PTO as an officer, please email for more information. A nomination link will be sent out next week, and if there are multiple nominations, elections will take place at our October meeting.

Our PTO membership drive is in full swing, and we'd love for each family to purchase a $5 membership. Membership is not required to participate in meetings or help out, but is necessary to vote on items such as purchases, PTO functions and officer elections, in addition to other various items. Please click HERE to purchase your membership. (one membership per family)

We are looking forward to a great year!


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Car Rider Line

We have made a few adjustments, based on the number of students being dropped off and picked up in the car rider line this year. Please note the following changes......

AM Drop Off Changes

  • Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. (we are bumping this up by 5 minutes due to the high volume of traffic in the mornings) starting Tuesday, September 15.
  • The majority of staff on duty will not arrive until 7:50, so please have your students open their own door if a staff member is not there to do so

PM Pick Up Changes

    • We are calling FOUR flights of students (4 sets of cars 1-6) to line up and wait before we start loading students. This allows us a little bit of room to get ahead. Please be patient with us as you may be sitting there and your student waiting. We appreciate your understanding :)
    • Students still remaining in the hallway once all cars have been called will wait in the front office, where a parent needs to come in and sign them out with a photo ID.

    Student Tardy Policy

    As we know the first couple of weeks are about establishing routines, we acknowledge arrival and dismissal may take a little longer. We will need some more time to get in a groove in the mornings, but will soon begin counting students who enter the building after 8:15 tardy. When weather, bus delays or unexpected traffic hold ups affect the line, we do not count students tardy.

    We have made the adjustment to open the line earlier each day, and thank you for your help in making sure your student can exit quickly with their things in hand, as to not hold up the line behind you!

    We will begin counting tardies the week of September 21.

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    Compulsory Attendance Notification

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    TEA COVID Memo

    Interested in Joining Cub Scouts?

    Cub Scouts is a year-round, family-friendly program designed for youth who are in kindergarten through fifth grade (ages 5-10). Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting- citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.

    Cub Scouts have the time of their lives learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building their own Pinewood Derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with their best friends at a family camp out. Pack 351 is sponsored by the Walden Community Church. We would be happy to have you join us. To learn more, you can text "Cub Scouts" to 31996 or visit
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    Important Dates

    September 28

    Instructional Method Survey will be emailed home (select method for 2nd 9 weeks)

    October 2

    Instructional Method Due

    October 8

    End of 1st 9 Weeks

    October 9

    Student Holiday

    October 12

    Staff Holiday

    October 13

    Start of 2nd 9 Weeks

    October 27

    Picture Day for Remote Learners (schedule to come!)

    Instructional Materials

    If you did not pick up your student's instructional materials last week, PLEASE coordinate with us to pick those up asap, if you have not already done so.

    Teachers are planning accordingly, knowing you have access to those. Thanks :)

    Survey for 2nd 9 Weeks

    The survey for your choice of instruction for your student will go out in the next couple of weeks. We'll ask that you let us know if you are continuing remote or plan on coming back face to face. We'll include in this newsletter and remote teachers will send out by email as well.

    Thank you in advance for looking out for this so we can plan accordingly!

    School Pictures

    Remote learners will take their school pictures on October 27. We will keep you posted on the schedule for that day, if your student is still a remote learner for the 2nd 9 weeks.

    New Specials Lessons Each Friday

    Each Friday, our Specials Teachers will have updated lessons and activities on their webpages for you all! Check them out below:

    Mrs. Anderson - Library

    Mrs. Baney - Music

    Ms. Brown - Art

    Coaches Daily & Miller - PE

    Mrs. Robinson - Technology

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    Remote Learning Contact

    Should you have questions about Remote Learning for your student, please see the homeroom teachers listed below. They may be contacted by clicking on their name to send an email:

    Kindergarten - Bonnie Aupperlee

    First Grade - Michelle Miller

    Second Grade - Sarah Garvey

    Third Grade - Adina Ogden

    Fourth Grade - Kristin Stevenson

    Fifth Grade - Jamie Scott

    At any time, if you have any questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to us as well!

    Let Us Know How We Can Help!

    For various needs, we are here for you! Please click on the names below if you have a question or need to share with any of us!

    Shelby Smith, Principal

    Jennifer Williamson, Assistant Principal

    Renee Sorrell, Counselor

    Stacey Backhus, Nurse

    Julie Holmes, Diagnostician

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